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I've been working on a jetbike recently:
ignore the yellow, there's another thread on that.
The purple base is Vallejo Hexed Lichen (GW : Liche Purple) and it's been slowly blended up to Warlord Purple (GW: Warlock Purple) Final highlight is about 3:1 Warlord : Liche.
I'm happy with that much, but I want to get a nice bright stripe where the light would reflect almost white. Adding white doesn't work though, it makes the paint go completely pink. What to add to get it to go light purple? I've tried yellow, thinking complementary colours might do it, but that didn't quite work. Turned into a nice burgundy...
I personally think highlighting towards Warlord Purple is fine. If you plan on highlighting all the way up to white, I suggest you stick to Hexed Purple + White. It will look pastel towards the white end but that's the best you'll get.
Complementary colours are on opposite sides of the colour wheel so they theoretically mix together to make black but the colours are rarely pure enough and it usually turns out a murky brown.
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add in a light gray, that usually does the trick.
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Or Electric blue...Blighter shades of blue give purple a nice effect...
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I would suggest using either Bleached Bone or Kommando Khaki, both do the job of white but do not make such a sharp jump in shade as white does. Test it on a bit of sprue or something and see what you think.
I will triple the comment - Use Bleached Bone or tan and you shouldn't get too harsh of a pastel or pink that way...
And as always a little goes a long way... Add a little at a time until you reach what you want. Worst case scenario if you get too light you can do a watered down purple ink/wash glaze on it...
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thanks gents i will try all three of those suggestions and see where it takes me. I may go and do a light warlock purple highlight first to ease into the lighter colour...
I may also try going from Hexed up towards hexed + bone without adding the warlock in there at all to avoid the shift towards red...
I personally use Elf Flesh to highlight Liche Purple. I read in the WD issue with the painting guide on huron blackheart and it said that adding elf flesh to a red(or, i tried purple in this case) it lightens the colour without making it pink.
Well, don't forget that purple lightened is lavender, not pink. Second, pink is awesome. I usually go with mixing purple and gray together for a slight fadeout.